Danny Chauncey

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Danny Chauncey
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Background information
Birth name Danny Chauncey
Genres Southern rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, Guitarist
Years active 1981 – present
Associated acts 38 Special, Billy Satellite, Mistress

Daniel Smith "Danny" Chauncey (born 19 June 1956[1]) is an American rock guitarist. He is best known for being a member of the Southern rock band 38 Special since 1987. The band, which started as a Southern rock band and switched to a more straight-ahead rock sound, had several hit singles between 1981 and 1991.

Chauncey was born in San Francisco and raised in Alameda County, California,[1] where he attended Alameda High School. His first instrument was a Stella 6 string cowboy guitar. His first electric was red Gibson SG with a Fender 50w Super Reverb.[citation needed]

In the early and mid 1970's, Chauncey was a member of the Bay Area rock group Mistress. In 1977 the group recorded a self-titled album for RSO records which was released two years later, shortly before Mistress disbanded. The album includes a cover version of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl".[2][3]

Before replacing Jeff Carlisi in 38 Special, Chauncey was a member of the band Billy Satellite with whom he co-wrote "I Wanna Go Back" which became a hit for Eddie Money.[4]


  1. ^ a b Susan Snider. "Interview with .38 Special's Danny Chauncey." Southern Fried Magazine. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Mistress". An Overdose of Fingal Cocoa. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Jones, Nick. "Mistress". Glorydaze Music. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Billy Satellite: Overview at Allmusic. Retrieved 15 July 2009.

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